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Send Rakhi for Raksha Bandhan 2007 by India Post

Indian Postal Service has launched a new set of Rakhi envelopes for Raksha Bandhan 2007, which is on August 28. The special Premium Rakhi envelopes issued by India Post comes in four new designs and are of tear and water resistant besides very light to keep the Rakhi mail within the basic weight limit. The cost per envelope is Rs 5, the postage charge is extra.The envelopes are available in all head post offices and in select sub post offices through out India. RelatedRakhi Myth or Why do we tie Rakhi?

Onam 2007 kick starts with Athaghosham in Kerala

The Athaghosham ceremony at Thripunithura on August 17 kick started the Onam 2007 festivities in Kerala. During the next ten days the state will wear a festive look with numerous fairs, competitions, cultural programs and pookalams. The main festival Thiru Onam is on August 27. This years Athaghosham pageantry was an interesting affair and the set the right tone for this unique festival with a unique myth.The main attraction at the Athaghosham ceremony at Thripunithura near Cochin was the numerous floats depicting Onam myth, incidents from Hindu scriptures and current affairs. This year the added attraction was the kavadis of different sizes and the crowd favorite pulikali. But the highly appreciated floats were those depicting the current state of Kerala – especially the garbage problem in CochinCity.RelatedOnam 2007 Dates
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Hindu Prayer by Rajan Zed to Open California Senate Session on August 27

First it was in the Nevada State Assembly, then Nevada Senate, then U S Senate and now it is in California Senate. Hindu Prayers by Rajan Zed opened the sessions at all these places in 2007. The U S senate Hindu prayer was sadly noted more for the disruption caused by three Christian protestors. On August 27, 2007 the California Senate Session will open with Rajan Zed’s Hindu Prayer.So what does Rajan Zed’s Hindu Prayer consist of? The prayer starts with ‘OM.’ He then reads Sanskrit verses from the Rig Veda – the oldest scripture in the world. He then follows up with the English translation. Then few verses from the Upanishads and the Bhagavad Gita and its English translation. The prayer ends with ‘OM’. Rajan Zed’s Hindu prayer is dedicated to Brahman – the imperishable and that which is present in all animate and inanimate. The quotes from Upanishads and the Bhagavad Gita extol universal truth. Some Christian organizations without going through the actual text of Rajan Zed’s Hindu pr…

Mumbai Ganesh Chaturthi 2007 Idols to be small?

The Mumbai Municipal Corporation has asked people to make small idols of Ganesha for Ganesh Chaturthi 2007. The appeal from the city administration for smaller idols in pandals and homes is part of a pollution free Ganesh festival. In 2007, Ganesh Chaturthi is on September 15.It is not just the BMC that is appealing to the people but several other municipal corporations and state governments have already issued directives for a pollution free Ganesh Chaturthi festival. BMC feels that small Ganesh idols will only pass fewer chemicals into the water-bodies and thus it will reduce the pollution caused during the festival. Pollution during the festival is mainly due to the Plaster of Paris and chemical colors used in the making of idols.The Ganesh Pandal mangers in Mumbai are not willing to reduce the size of the idols as it will not attract crowd. They feel people come to see big and colorful idols with varying themes. The size of Ganesh idols in Mumbai ranges from 5ft to 22ft. The BMC i…

Words of wisdom from Dada J P Vaswani

Full of meaning is life to him who renouncing the fruit of action dedicates himself to the atman, the spirit.All sin and suffering have but one source – man's denial of his own divinity. Two passions specially must be combated and conquered. The first is impurity; the second is anger. If the heart be dark, books can teach nothing!

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